FAQ's

 

 


Why don't you use certified organic feed?
After nearly 12 years of using certified organic feed we made the hard decision in early 2019 to phase out the organic feed and replace it with a 100% natural feed. This was brought on by drought conditions that effected the supply of certified organic feed to a point that it became uneconomical to use. The organic industry now allows for up to 25% non organic inputs without effecting organic certification. Organic feed can also contain grain by-products and oils, some of which would not be part of a natural diet for poultry. This lead us to develop a 100% natural feed, that we custom make and contains only the grain from wheat, sorghum, barley, corn and peas. We don't use any GM grain, Soy, Canola or grain by products.  

Are your products Grass Fed & Grass Finished?

All our beef and lamb is grass fed and finished. Pork and chicken require grain in their diet and have access to self feeders in their paddocks.  Click here to learn more about our farmers and their produce.

Are your eggs organic?
Our Egganic eggs are not ‘certified organic’ but the principles that we apply are holistic, regenerative, sustainable and exceed the organic standards in relation to animal welfare. We feed the chickens natural sustainable grains and the eggs are produced by healthy hens that roam on pristine paddocks free of chemicals and are able to graze and forage the pasture as they please. Click here to find out more

Why are your eggs ‘pasture raised’ and not ‘free range’?
Egganic has a stocking rate of less than 300 hens per hectare, the free range standard is 10,000 hens per hectare and the organic standard is 1500 per hectare. Our hens are free to roam pasture paddocks free of chemicals all day every day. They graze and forage for bugs and grubs, are supplemented with natural grains, dust bathe in the dirt and do all the things that chickens like to and are meant to do. Unfortunately most free range farms and some organic farms are stocked at such a high stocking rates that the hens gain no significant benefit from the pasture or foraging but are still considered to be free range. The term ‘free range’ does not meet our core principle of ethical and sustainable farming which is why we use the term ‘pasture raised’.

What do you raise on the Ethical Farmers farm?
We produce Egganic pasture raised eggs, meat chickens and beef cattle.

What do you get from other farms and how well do you know the farmers?
We partner with Malone lamb and Melanda Park pork.  Our beef is supplemented with Cape Grim from Tasmania. We have a close relationship with the farmers to ensure they meet the Ethical Famers strict standards of animal welfare which produces the highest quality of meat produced.  Learn more (insert link) about our farmers and their produce.

Can you buy bulk or a whole animals?
Yes. Our  programs are designed around the old-fashioned community
approach to consuming an entire animal - from nose to tail. It enables a group of people to buy an entire animal (portioned and packaged) and distribute the meat, fat and bone amongst the group. Cow share is normally portioned and purchased as a 1/8th share, while pork and lamb is either 1/2 or a whole animal. If you have special orders please contact us at orders@ethicalfarmers.com.au.  Click to learn more about our bulk buys.

Do you support co-ops? How do I set one up?
We do support co-ops and if you would like to know more please contact us at
orders@ethicalfarmers.com.au.

What seasoning do you use in your burgers and sausages?
We only ever use organic herbs and spices and Himalayan salt. We never use
artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives and only use natural casings. Our sausages are made from the same beef, pork and lamb we sell in our whole meat products.

Why do you freeze meat?
Our beef, pork, lamb and chicken arrive direct from the abattoir and are all cut, packed and snap frozen fresh at -18 degrees in our large purpose built freezer. We do this as we use no preservatives ever and by freezing fresh, the integrity, quality and flavour of the meat is naturally preserved. We offer a money back guarantee on any meat that you are unhappy with.

What's the best way to defrost meat?
The best way if you have time is to defrost the meat in the fridge.
If you don’t have time to do that you can do it in a clean sink or tub by submersing the meat still in the packaging in cold water. Large pieces will take longer than sausages so it is important to keep an eye on these as you want to
make sure the meat stays cold. Never defrost your meat in hot or warm water or in a microwave as this can dry the meat when cooking. 

Do Egganic eggs pass the Choice CluckAR test?
Yes at 300 hens per hectare we do very well on the CluckAR test.

How is the meat packaged for delivery?
The meat is vacuum sealed and frozen then packaged in an insulated box ensuring your delivery remains completely frozen under most conditions.

Is the packaging recyclable, reusable, and environmentally friendly?
We are researching compostable bags to replace our plastic vacuum bags and our delivery boxes are 100% compostable.

Do I need to be at home to collect my order?
No, but we do request that you leave clear instructions as to where we can safely leave your order. If it's not clear as to where we can leave your order the driver will attempt to contact you to make an alternative arrangement otherwise the order will be delivered the following week. For delivery we recommend a shady, cool area away from direct sunlight or hot pavements. Your order will stay frozen for many hours. We will advise you by SMS that delivery has been made. 

What if I need to change my delivery date?
Please contact us at orders@ethicalfarmers.com.au for any changes to deliveries.

Do you cater for gluten intolerance and coeliacs?
Yes all our meat products are gluten free and coeliac friendly. We only use rice flour on the premises. Some of our "pantry" packaged products may contain gluten although we purposely stock many gluten free items.

More questions?
We pride ourselves on running a transparent business, so if you have further
questions please feel free to email us at orders@ethicalfarmers.com.au or contact us on Facebook or Instagram.